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Former Assembly chief of staff files wrongful termination suit

Working for public officials carries a significant amount of responsibility and pressure, as the public is quick to respond whenever there are allegations of impropriety. There are times when an employee may point out behavior that he or she finds disconcerting and, as a result, he or she may find that they no longer have a position in what may be considered retaliation. Recently, one man filed a wrongful termination suit against the California Assembly and the legislator whom he served.

The former chief of staff for Assemblyman Devin Mathis has claimed that his termination may have been in response to a complaint he filed with the human resources department concerning the assemblyman. He states that he reported that the lawmaker had engaged in sexual misconduct. He also reported that he suspected that the assemblyman had practiced discrimination and that he had misused state funds.

He further alleges that human resources personnel failed to follow up on his complaints and that they may not have kept his report confidential. Records show that the chief of staff was terminated in May last year on allegations that he had made inappropriate comments to female co-workers. The former staffer denies those allegations. His lawsuit purportedly names the assemblyman and officials in the human resources department.

A year prior, another individual alleged that Mathis had engaged in misconduct, but an investigation was closed after no credible evidence was discovered. Mathis dismissed the claims as those made by a disgruntled former worker. There has been no further response from Assembly members. The wrongful termination suit was only recently filed, and there has been no court date announced. California residents who believe they have been fired without just cause may seek the guidance of an experienced employment law attorney in order to find the most acceptable resolution in their particular circumstances.

Source: seattletimes.com, "Former Assembly employee claims wrongful termination in suit", Jonathan J. Cooper, April 18, 2018

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